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Polished Off: Cover-star Scott Ingram got his start installing the works of art-world giants at the High Museum of Art, then spent seven years at Solomon Projects producing sculpture, tributes to iconic furnishings and modern color field paintings using a very familiar form of enamel-nail polish. Earning profuse comparisons to midcentury masters like Morris Louis and Gene Davis, his "automatic drawings" display strategic color arrangements propelled by gravity, producing an effect the artists likens to the human path from birth to death, each line possessing a slight deviation from the other. He arrives at Emily Amy Gallery this month to debut a splashy solo show-his first nail polish exhibit in six years-on Dec. 9, featuring nearly two dozen aggrandized works on paper, panel and canvas and running through Jan. 28. A decade after their first exhibition, the hues have become brighter and the lines ("stilettos," as he calls them) have grown taller...but they still have the uncanny ability to charm collectors young and seasoned, aesthetic and staid, with equal measure. 1000 Marietta St. NW, 404.877.5626, emilyamygallery.com.
As published by Kate Abney in the December Arts & Power Issue of The Atlantan or on ModernLuxury.com/the-Atlantan